A blast from the past, here is one of my favorite triangle chokes for MMA competition. This setup works by tightly controlling the distance, allowing you to work into the submission without giving your opponent an opportunity to land a strike. I’m demonstrating this move on none other than UFC veteran Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman at the AMA Fight Club. AMA is where I test the MMA techniques I teach in Dutchess County.
This was a busy weekend for me. I had my muay thai coach Kaensak come to my school for a muay thai seminar. Kaensak is a muay thai legend – over 300 fights, multiple time Thailand “Fighter of The Year” and a Lumpinee Stadium Champion. It’s almost unreal that I’m able to have someone of his stature teach me muay thai in my small section of Poughkeepsie. I started working with Kaensak about 2 years ago. I had heard a lot of hype about him, but I was very skeptical. I knew he was a great fighter, but I’ve seen plenty of champions who couldn’t teach whatsoever. My skepticism was completely unfounded though. Kaensak completely blew my mind. He opened up a whole new world of muay thai to me. His style is flashing but deceptively simple. Use a handful of effective techniques, but always feint, disguise and keep your opponent guessing. The amazing thing is that I’ve never scene his techniques shown by anyone else. I feel like I stumbled across hidden treasure.
Being the nice guy that I am I wanted to share the wealth with my muay thai students over in Poughkeepsie, NY at Precision MMA. Kaensak showed us all muay thai we could handle for two hours. He started with fundamental defense, then built to counter striking off catching your opponent’s kicks and finished with some very sneaky clinch techniques. There was a mixed bag of basics and flash.
On May 11th at the Borgata in Atlantic City it will once again be fight night! I’ll make the thrilling 4 hour car ride from the Hudson Vally over to cheer on a few of my students / training partners. He might be too short to ride Space Mountain, but Sean “Shorty Rock” Santella is without a doubt the top 125 pounder in the northeast. Shorty and I have been working hard to improve his submission game and this is a fight I’m very excited for. His opponent is an aggressive wrestler – the past few fights people have been running from Shorty and avoiding the ground at all costs. I can’t wait to see someone engage him so he can put all his skills on display. I always have a blast at CFFC and the local support is awesome, but I really hope this is Shorty’s last local fight. The kid has been on a tear and needs to be fighting in the UFC. Hopefully, a crowd pleasing submission will be his ticket in.
Also on the card is National Champion Wrestler and Justin Bieber lookalike Corey Bleaken. I really think that Corey is the best kept secret at AMA Fight Club. Starting as a pure wrestler he has transformed into a formidable MMA fighter. So far he’s undefeated and fresh off his successful pro debut. Between fights I spent time sharpening Corey’s ground and pound technique. I think he learned things a little too well, every time we spar I am steadily losing brain cells. If his opponent gets taken down he might just drop a few IQ points by rounds end.
I’ll get to play cornerman Saturday night. Ironically, I’ve been told people like me in the corner because I have a calm demeanor and help them stay composed. The reality is that I’m a nervous wreck and on the verge of losing my mind with each exchange. Hopefully when I inevitably lose my voice it will be in a winning effort.
For all you New Yorkers – check out my Hudson Valley MMA gym Precision MMA in LaGrange, NY and you could be the one fighting in front of sold out crowds call 845-392-8495 or visit http://www.poughkeepsiemixedmartialarts.com